Is Brian Burke Behind Habs Halak Trade?

You’ve asked for my opinion on the Habs trading of Jaroslav -Aff – Halak???

Well, this is the best line I have seen so far:

“If I didn’t know better, I would think that Brian Burke is making the calls for Montreal on the hot-wire from Toronto, with an eye to making certain they win nothing for another 17 years.”

That gem from Jack Todd via Red Fisher….

“Is this the time to mention that, in addition to what may be the worst trade since (Patrick) Roy to Colorado, the Canadiens fired six scouts after picking up a $30-million windfall in the playoffs, thanks to Halak.”

Read more of Todd/Fisher’s crucifixion of Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier trading of Jaroslav Halak here.

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June 18, 2010 4:22 pm

I get that the Halak move on the face of it looks terrible (and may end up being so)…But I wouldn’t jump to that conclusion based on Halak’s playoff run. There is a legitimate argument that says that, nowithstanding 1 very good playoff run, Halak and Price are not that far apart talent wise…Halak will cost more and is worth more on the trade market now than Price….So, get some prospects, chew up less salary cap (leaving more for a back-up or other position) and end up with similar calibre goaltending….What I find more interesting is the balls it took to make this decision – it would have been way easier to keep Halak and fail versus keep Price and fail….Talk about leaving butt out there….this move could make or break Gauthier.

June 18, 2010 8:26 pm

If an offer sheet of around $4 000 000 on Halak was made this summer, the compensation would be first and third round picks…which is exactly what Montreal ended up getting from St. Louis.

June 18, 2010 8:47 pm

Halak represented hope. In a town that worships hockey heroes, they needed him. That hope is gone. Not only will the fans feel it, so will the players.

Playoffs aside, IMO you can’t compare Halak to Price. Red said it best, Price has yet to prove he can ‘play’ in the NHL.

Halak has.

Big mistake. Gauthier better pay in blood.

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June 19, 2010 5:06 am

There must be more to this than meets the eye. It shocked me that Halak and Gauthier did not even speak to each other once the season ended, and Halak’s first conversation with Gauthier was when he was traded to St. Louis.

What conclusion can I draw from this. The obvious one is that the Habs had already made their mind up as to which goalie they were keeping once the season ended, and Halak’s excellent play down the stretch plus his incredible playoff performances (mainly against Washington) were discounted for whatever reason.

What surprised me is how they did not seem to get much of a bidding war for Halak’s services, and the fact that they did not even get St. Louis’s top prospects for him is worrisome, along with the fact now that they are relying on the inconsistent Price plus now need to go out and get a cheap, competent back-up for him.

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